Owls in Bowls
Words & Photographs: Christine Vazquez
Lithuanian ceramicists, Owls in Bowls, aim to help tell the story of food - the feelings it conjures, the appearance it draws the diner in through, and the taste unique to each dish.
In their words: “At Owls in Bowls we believe the love we put into making food should be echoed in the creation of the dishes it’s served on.”
Who is behind Owls in Bowls?
We are three people behind OiB - Greta Urniežiūtė, Matas Labašauskas and Ignė Alėbaitė.
How did the name Owls in Bowls come to be?
When we started searching for the name of the venture, we began brainstorming. And when we came up with this one, we just couldn't let it go. Not only that we liked the rhythm of the words, but we also found it very ‘round’, which made us immediately visualize round owls and their round eyes, which match various round shapes of our bowls. Also, if you draw attention to your lips when pronouncing Owls in Bowls, you'll notice that they make a beautiful O shape.
Can you tell us more about your philosophy?
We think that eating rituals, habits or what we like to widely call - table culture - today wouldn't exist without the community. From dinner at a fancy restaurant or an outdoor picnic, to a short coffee break at a corner cafe or storytelling around the table on Christmas Eve. Either historically or socially, eating was never merely about keeping oneself from starving - it is a part of our cultural life. So when someone asks us about how we understand table culture, we like to say that we see it as not simply the process of relishing meals, but rather an emotional experience. And it is beautiful how we can actually create an atmosphere by playing with the visual part of it.
How do the seasons impact you and affect what you create?
At Owls in Bowls we love to enjoy all seasons and what each of them can offer to us. We value local products a lot and would like to encourage everyone to appreciate the seasonal kitchen more. We believe in the future of slowing down the tempo and taking the pleasure of the moment and community.
We collaborated with Owls in Bowls to bring you this photo essay and when the package of beauty arrived from Europe, enclosed in it was a gift. A rectangular card, letterpress printed vertically with these words, which are really poetry, just as the plateware itself is:
A wise young potter once said:
Our bowls can be filled with anything.
Your favourite tea, your mum’s spaghetti, your lover’s keys.